May start date for work on £175,000 new ramp to Exmouth beach – with structure set to be finished this summer

Work to build a £175,000 new ramp onto Exmouth beach at the Sideshore watersports centre is set to start in May. 

Developer Grenadier says the structure will provide visitors with immediate and easy access from the hub’s walkway to the sands.

It will be made from a mixture of sustainable FSC-certified timber, concrete and steel.

The ramp will be three metres wide and 25 metres in length.

Construction is due to begin on May 4 and is expected to be completed before the end of June.

It will provide a safe and step-free access to the beach in a boost for visitors with limited mobility or those carrying sports equipment.

The Sideshore watersports centre on Exmouth seafront. Image: Grenadier

The Sideshore watersports centre on Exmouth seafront. Image: Grenadier

Construction has been timed not disturb migratory birds over-wintering in the area.

During the works, a small, contained area of the beach and walkway will be separated from the public, with access to the beach still allowed via existing staircases.

The cycle route beside the beach promenade will be redirected around the back of Sideshore.

Pedestrians will be provided with direct access across the seafront through the watersports centre, safely away from construction.

Grenadier property director Aiden Johnson-Hugill said: “The new ramp is a great investment for Exmouth as it will provide safe, easy, and step-free access to the beach for visitors.

“Grenadier are working closely with Teignmouth Maritime Services to ensure the construction area and disruptions are kept to a minimum.

“A vibro-piling technique will be used which will reduce noise, ensure ample support for the foundations, and be much quicker compared with conventional methods.

“Almost one third of the ramp will be constructed under the current sand levels, reinforcing its strength and durability.”

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